Healing honey

BBC News: Harnessing honey’s healing power.

Even up to the second world war, honey was being used for its antibacterial properties in treating wounds. But with the advent of penicillin and other antibiotic drugs in the twentieth century, honey’s medicinal qualities have taken a back seat. But that might be about to change – thanks to one New Zealand based researcher. Professor Molan has shown that honey made from the flowers of the manuka bush, a native of New Zealand, has antibacterial properties over and above those of other honeys.

The manuka honey has something an antibacterial agent in it that is not found in other honeys. This stuff can even affect antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. It’s now being made into (non-sticky) honey bandages. Fascinating!

5 thoughts on “Healing honey”

  1. When talking about the great healing properties of the manuka honey, it is important to note that not all manuka honey is the same. Like many natural products it naturally varies in its potency.

    Some manuka honey is little different to any other flavour. The research of Professor Molan and others is based on some batches that have been tested and proven to contain sufficient levels of the extra antibacterial properties.

    Unfortunately some people are being mislead that any manuka honey will do. If people want it for its therapeutic properties then they need to look for one that carries the ‘UMF’ logo (representing Unique Manuka Factor) on its actual label, with a minimum activity level of 10.

  2. All the years I was growing up my dad and our neighbor were beekeepers. When I had a sore throat – which I get a lot – I got a teaspoon full of honey several times a day. When it was allergy season, I got a bit of honeycomb caps to chew each morning. Dad didn’t pasteurize his honey. Dad always said that local honey helps keep you healthy because it has the local germs and pollen in it. I was a pretty healthy kid once he started doing this. Plus, it’s yummy!

  3. Cool. I’ve got to remember to talk to my sister about this. She is very passionate about her honey. lol. I even bought her some of her favorite for Christmas and she was tickled pink.


  4. I have a Convicta [manufacturer] Manuka honey dressing on my leg right now! It does seem to speed up healing. Only day 2, so I’m reserving judgement!

  5. Dr. Jarvis, MD, in his book Vermont Folk Medicine wrote that honey was a great healer. Placed with apple cider vinegar in water or juice it potentiates the (hopefully organic) vinegar.

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